Posted by: Jim E | May 7, 2014

Jeremy’s 44th Birthday…A Rehash…

Birthday rehash…so Jeremy went to work this morning…could have had the day off…but wanted the hours (no doubt wants to buy his wonderful Dad something special)…so I asked him last night and this morning too…”So did you have a good day for your birthday?”…he said yes, he enjoyed the day…let me tell you my interpretation of his goodJeremy's 44th birthday day…as he related it to me…
 
He got up and I fixed him the breakfast he wanted…sausage and eggs…course the eggs weren’t done to his “high standards”…but the Jimmy Dean sausage was fine (Jimmy Dean would be happy to know that)…we told him, “Heavens, for someone who wasn’t suppose to make it to four and now you’re forty four, you’re doing quite well.”…then lunch at “Senor Te…”…Oh, never mind, he always calls it “The Mexican Place” (too difficult to say it’s name, I guess)…I wait in the car, he and Mom take in “The Mexican Place”…he can eat 6 or 8 times a day, I can’t…well, I could but I don’t…then “His Birthday Meal”…for those who were there, by watching the “Ever Effervescent Jeremy”, you might not believe he enjoyed the meal or the company…but you would be mistaken…he is thinking more than he says or tells…Mom Jeremy's 44th birthday 4and I can “read” him after all these years…
 
While the rest of us are “Chopped Liver”…when Jared Jr. came in…that was one of the high points of his evening, he knows Jared has other things to do…like work and so on…but he asked Jared to come, but didn’t think he could make it…and was satisfied that he would have to work late…Jeremy wanted Jared to have some of his birthday cake…Creme de Menthe cake (white cake with creme de menthe in it…frosted with chocolate frosting…then frosted with Kool Whip/with creme de menthe in it, over the top the chocolate frosting)…now this cake recipe was from one of his favorite cooks at St. Francis High School, with whom Jeremy worked in the kitchen in high school…this cake is his favorite and one that Jared Jr. likes too…so Jeremy asked Jared to come…somehow, though some might not understand, those things are important to Jeremy…therefore, when Jared came in, lights went on for Jeremy…
 
And his FBI hat…Jeremy makes friends easily…they may not always understand Jeremy's 44th birthday 2him…verbal skills being what they are…but somehow they are enamored with him…I don’t know if they even know why…but I have seen it over the years…when he was very young…3-4-5 years of age, what he has now, he had then…I would notice as (something we say in Minnesota) “we had people in”…they may or may not have met Jeremy before…but all the sudden he was up in their lap…talking away (a bit of his Mom in him, dontcha know)…they being so interested in what he had to say…I sat and watched that happen over and over…”How did he do that? He just slipped up in their lap without them even understanding what happened and seemed to have no problem with it.”…he still has that ability today…maybe not “up in their lap” but finds himself within their personal space that they would not give up to most anyone else…but to Jeremy, it seems somehow okay…how he does it I don’t know…and those that know him, “in family” for example…find it hard to understand…
 
So the FBI hat…Gary and Sharon are neighbors here in Montagne Court have “taken to Jeremy”…now first, that makes them a special pair…no one has to do what they do with Jeremy…so kudos to them…but when Gary came before his birthday party started, and Jeremy's 44th birthday 3came in and gave Jeremy a card…(which of course, will be read later) but also gave him one of his FBI hats (Gary is recently retired from the FBI)…now that was a big deal…Jeremy wore that around all night long, including during the meal…and when Gary was here, Jeremy talked to him about his birthday meal…”Mom’s meat loaf”, mashed potatoes, green beans, El Grande salad (lettuce, pepperoni, black olives, red onion, grated Monterey Jack Cheese, topped with Green Goddess dressing/thinned with a splash of vinegar…voila…delicious)…every year it’s the same, along with his cake…
 
Ah, the cake…Jeremy told Gary about the cake…and told him he would bring him a piece if there was any left…Gary told Jeremy that it sounded good but that he should enjoy it and there probably would not be any left…of course, for anyone that knows Jeremy “real well” would know…that would be on Jeremy’s mind the rest of the night…and at the table and opening the gifts, he was his normal “pain in the backside Jeremy”…but on his mind during that and the “eating of the cake”…more than one piece for some…and if those who were there noticed…when all the cake was served…Jeremy disappeared…he had cut a couple of pieces and put in a container…and he was gone…Gary and Sharon were going to get the cake he promised “if there was any left”…a promise is a promise…there may be some missing links in Jeremy, as in all of us, but though he isn’t the size of an elephant…he, as the proverbial elephant, never forgets…(flavored honey at the Jeremy's 44th birthday 5Minnesota State Fair or anything else, that reference is for Jessica)…
 
So, did Jeremy have a good day…”Ya”, he said…and he meant it…he had his favorite meal…his favorite cake…Jared Jr. came directly from work…when he didn’t have to…he enjoyed the cake…received a “dancing pickle” card from Don and Carol…a card and hat from Gary and Sharon…and of course, the rest of us, yup, “Chopped Liver”…but all put together, makes a perfect birthday for someone who has a special gift to give…we, like so many over the years just have to “pick over the life” we know so well and find those special things…we, Mom and I, have decided long ago to give ourselves to that quest and to “see” the gift that we know to be Jeremy…
 
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Responses

  1. Hi Jim!
    So glad to hear Jeremy had a great birthday. That’s wonderful! Please wish him a belated Happy Birthday for me. And please say Hi to Judie for me. The dinner and the cake sound delicious!
    Take care,
    Julie

    • Julie…always happy to hear from you…your name coming up always brings good thoughts…I was talking to Judie about you just the other day and how we connected…the internet is a wonderful thing…Jeremy did enjoy his birthday…you have a wonderful spring…Ohio must be beautiful this time of year…Jim E

  2. Sounds like he had a great birthday! So special wish Judie a Happy Mothers Day! And your son a belated Happy Birthday. Take care

    Saun in Ohio

    • Saun…thanks for the comment…it was a good day…birthday and all…enjoy your Spring up there in beautiful Ohio…we wish all in your family the best…Jim E

  3. Happy Birthday, Jeremy!

    • Thanks W.S….I’m still enjoying your blog…seeing Spring and Summer come through your eyes…great stuff…Jim E


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